Travelling to Sweden
When travelling to Sweden there are some regulations that you may have to know about regarding the goods that you bring. What you may bring, depend on if you enter Sweden from another EU country or from a country outside the EU.
There are some goods that are restricted to import to Sweden. Goods like firearms, dangerous articles, narcotics, animals and medicine. You can't bring goods from endangered species (CITES) into Sweden at any time without special permit. Goods that you are using during your trip like clothes, cameras can be brought into Sweden duty-free. If you are arriving to Sweden from a non EU-country you can only bring goods with you (not alcohol or tobacco) for a maximum of (470 €) 4 700 SEK if you travel with a commercial airline or ferryline or (330 €) 3 300 SEK if you travel in any other way without paying any duty or tax.
Remember that some goods like antiques may be restricted for export from Sweden.
Here’s why you have been inspected
One of Swedish Customs’ tasks is to prevent goods from entering and leaving Sweden illegally. Our inspections are necessary to prevent smuggling of narcotics, weapons, child pornography etc.
Alcohol and tobacco
If you enter Sweden from a country within the EU, you are only allowed to bring in alcohol and tobacco products for your own or your family's personal use.
Firearms and ammunition
Firearms and ammunition may not be brought into or out of Sweden without permission. The Swedish Police are responsible for this particular issue.
Other arms and dangerous articles
When you travel to Sweden you often need permission from the Swedish Police to transport arms or dangerous articles over the border.
Foodstuffs, bringing into Sweden for personal use
There are in general no restrictions on bringing food stuff for personal use from another EU-country to Sweden.
Food stuff from a country outside of the EU can not be brought to Sweden without a permit from the Swedish Board of Agriculture.
When you travel to Sweden you may bring prescription drugs, but only if you intend to use them for a medical reason and it is for your personal use. You are also allowed to bring medicine for pets that are travelling with you, if it has been prescribed by a veterinary surgeon.
Swedish Customs provides important general information about the regulations concerning travel with animals. The Swedish Board of Agriculture is the public authority responsible for regulations on importing animals into Sweden. Please contact them for further information.
CITES - Endangered species
Animals and products from animals of endangered species are not allowed to be taken into Sweden without a permit from the Swedish Board of Agriculture.
If you are a Swedish resident and bringing back goods that you bought in a non EU country there are some things you have to think about.
If you are travelling to Sweden in a pleasure boat there are some regulations to think about. If you have goods to declare you must take contact with the Swedish Customs, and if you are coming from a country outside of the Schengen area you must go to a border crossing point.
All travellers entering or leaving the EU with € 10 000 or more in cash must declare the sum to Customs in order to comply with European Regulation (EC) No 1889/2005.
Cash control (Paper form)
Any person wishing to export an item of historic interest from Sweden must obtain permission to do so. Read more about regulations regarding items that has an historic interest at this link to the Swedish national heritage board.
Tax-free shopping in Sweden
For more information about tax-free shopping in Sweden, please turn to a tax-free company.